Today is Friday, March 19, the 78th day of 2010. There are 287 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1860: Lawyer, congressman, Democratic presidential nominee and U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan is born in Salem, Ill.

1917: The Supreme Court, in Wilson v. New, upholds the eight-hour work day for railroad workers.

1920: The Senate rejects, for a second time, the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 49 in favor, 35 against, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.

1931: Nevada Gov. Fred B. Balzar signs a measure legalizing casino gambling.

1945: During World War II, 724 people are killed when a Japanese dive bomber attacks the carrier USS Franklin off Japan; the ship, however, is saved.

Adolf Hitler issues his so-called “Nero Decree,” ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands.

1953: The Academy Awards ceremony is televised for the first time; “The Greatest Show on Earth” is named best picture of 1952.

1979: The U.S. House of Representatives begins televising its day-to-day business.

1987: Televangelist Jim Bakker resigns as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former church secretary.

2003: President George W. Bush orders the start of war against Iraq.


1985: Ohio is very much in the running for General Motors Corp.’s new Saturn car factory, state officials say in light of a recent comment from GM Chairman Roger B. Smith that a state’s financial health and education system are key factors in site selection.

A second offer is made to buy the closed Hunt Energy Co. plant off W. Federal Street in Youngstown. The latest offer is by Pennsylvania Engineering Corp. of New Castle; the first was from North Star Steel Co. of Minneapolis.

The Youngstown Hospital Association is entering the business of home health care and the sale of durable medical equipment.

1970: Former Mayor Frank X. Kryzan withdraws as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for 19th District congressman, leaving 12 in the race.

Water Commissioner David A. O’Neil urges City Council to instruct the administration to proceed with a complete $45 million overhaul of Youngstown’s water distribution system in the next 30 years, financed by water rate increases.

The Youngstown Board of Education will spend nearly $21 million for general operations of public schools in 1970, an increase of $1.2 million over 1969, the result of passage of a 12-mill levy approved by city residents.

1960: Four charter members help celebrate the 41st anniversary of the founding of American Legion Post 15. They are Judge John W. Ford, Clarence A. Horton, Paul L. Hynes and Homer E. Carlyle.

A long court fight looms over the legality of referendum petitions filed to block a controversial commercial zone change granted the Lombard Corp. for new engineering offices at 631 Wick Ave.

Youngstown University drama students present a three-act comedy, “The Happiest Millionaire” in the C.J. Strouss Auditorium. John Ulicney plays the title role.

1935: Youngstown Mayor Mark E. Moore dismisses as “political ballyhoo” a call by Fourth Ward Councilman Arthur Gundry for a grand jury probe the city administration’s failure to crack down on vice.

J.C. Argetsinger, general counsel of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., will attend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce annual convention and the National Rivers and Harbors Congress in Washington to push for development of a Mahoning-Beaver rivers canal.

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